The Firebrand (Great Chicago Fire Trilogy Series #3)

The Firebrand (Great Chicago Fire Trilogy Series #3)

by Susan Wiggs
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The Firebrand (Great Chicago Fire Trilogy Series #3) by Susan Wiggs

Chicago is burning

And Lucy Hathaway is running for her life. As she rushes past a fine hotel engulfed in flames, a wrapped bundle tumbles from a window into her arms. Seconds later the building crumbles—and Lucy is astonished to discover the swaddled blanket contains a baby.

Five years later Lucy walks into Rand Higgins's bank and knows: the orphan she rescued that day actually belongs to this ruthless financier. Now, to keep the child she's come to love, she'll have to give up her hard-won freedom and become his wife. But giving Rand her heart? That, she could never have expected…

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ISBN-13: 9781551667584
Publisher: Mira
Publication date: 08/01/2003
Series: Great Chicago Fire Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.63(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at

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Firebrand 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Wiggs writing but did not enjoy this one as well as others I have read. I had a hard time relating to the characters unlike the previous 2 in this trilogy. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that most of the book was Lucy fighting for women’s rights. Though interesting to view that portion of history, I became frustrated with her obsession with women’s rights. Refusing to embrace the wonderful aspects of womanhood, she never really gained a balance. I felt that Rand was forced to give in their relationship much more than she was. Their struggles came from their differing views which were never resolved or compromised adequately. Lucy seemed to lack trust as well, which was hard for us to understand given all that she had in her life and as well as Rand treated her given that he did not share her passion of Woman's Rights. There is still much to love in the story: instant attraction, a disaster that brings people together, a rescued baby, and second chances. It is written well as all of Susan Wiggs books are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth novel by SW that I have read in the past year. I also read ¿Miranda¿ (pretty good) and ¿The Horsemaster¿s Daughter¿ & ¿A Summer Affair¿ both excellent stories which tied into one another. In this most recent book I read, ¿The Firebrand¿, I found both the setting, plot line and characters appealing and interesting. The author selected the historical fire set in Chicago in the late 1800¿s as the main fascinating topic. Through her words and descriptions, you could feel the devastation that such a catastrophe created with old wooden buildings like tinder boxes, lack of fire departments and easy to find water and traditional means of living in high rise locations as rent/costs were cheaper the higher up you lived so, escape became impossible for most people. SW showed how fire could turn a major city into rubble within a few hours of burning and how entire families were wiped out in one day. SW brought to life for the reader the lives of Lucy and Rand. Both had blessed lives before the fire ¿ money, status, looks, loving families and a strong history. After the fire, the learned how to deal with loss of life, loss of money, loss of friends and loss of looks. Fortunately, Lucy always had that ¿I am woman hear me roar¿ attitude going on which kept her feisty even in the toughest of circumstances. She in turned, challenged Rand into believing he could do and be more as well. Their paths crossed before the fire and then again after the fire due to a shared love of one small child ¿ Maggie/Christine. The love of parents for their child was wonderful to read in this story ¿ how sacrifices are made, boundaries set and spirits allowed to blossom and grow ¿ regardless of what society says. Their coming together as individuals and then a family was a beautiful thing. I would have liked the story to focus a little more on the development of Lucy and Rand¿s love and passion for one another. Lots of the book focused on the custody issue of Maggie/Christine, Lucy¿s book store and constant marches and fights for woman¿s rights and Rand¿s work at the bank. There were many pleasing secondary characters in this book ¿ such as Lucy¿s friends ¿ who have novels of their own as well. I am looking forward to future reads by this author. She always knows how to please the reader from start to finish. If you have not read this author yet ¿ what are you waiting for? If you already know of her and read some of her books...lucky you. Happy reading to all!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1871 Chicago, Lucy Hathaway and Rand Higgins debate women¿s rights in a public forum. As they argue, Lucy is shocked to find herself very attracted to the married Rand, a feeling she abhors. Their debate ends when they hear of a dangerous fire spreading throughout the city. Going by a blazing hotel, Lucy catches an infant tossed out a window. Finding no clues to the parents, Lucy raises the child as her own.

Five years later, Lucy runs a bookstore while raising Maggie. Rand is divorced and believes his daughter died in the inferno. When Lucy needs a loan she turns to Rand¿s bank where she sees the picture of his deceased infant whom she recognizes as her Maggie. She must tell him the truth, but fears she will lose her beloved ¿daughter¿. As Rand and Lucy become better acquainted they fall in love. However, his cronies detest Lucy and her suffragettes while her side loathes the obstinate bankers. This makes their romance look more like that of Romeo and Juliet with the extra catalyst being a five year old girl they both love.

The final tale in Susan Wiggs¿ Chicago Fire trilogy (see THE HOSTAGE and THE MISTRESS) closes out a fabulous series. The story line never slows down for a moment while readers observe the aftermath of the destructive inferno and the early moments in the women¿s suffragette movement. In his backdrop, the lead couple struggles with unacceptable feelings for one another. Calling her bookstore THE FIREBRAND seems inappropriate, but naming Ms. Wiggs a firebrand of an author appears apropos because this author always writes a powerful thought provoking historical romance.

Harriet Klausner

bucmjt 13 days ago
The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs is a really terrific historical romance. I was not even aware that it was part of a trilogy, but I am thrilled that there are other books for these amazing characters. I have been told that true love includes sacrifices and is blessed with grace and understanding. This book definitely reflects that. It reads well as a stand alone.
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4theloveofdolls More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Great book
IvoryAce More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this third book in the Chicago Fire Trilogy. It took a while for Lucy to realize that women's suffrage did not mean that a woman didn't need a man in her life. She only saw the negatives, if you will, without seeing the wonderful relationship/love possibilities of marriage and life with a husband and children. When she did, she realized there could be both and it was more liberating for her that she ever imagined.
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I really didn't like Lucy, her obsession with women's sufferage became annoying and she had no concept of family. Any scene with her in it was frusterating to read and I just don't see why Rand would even want this woman. I did like the Great Fire theme and the storyline with Maggie/ Christine was very touching and had a lot of depth. It was very original.
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livingthedream More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome series! I recommend all three books!
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adan navarro More than 1 year ago
I think this is a good